Whistler Beer Festival, Whistler B.C., Sept. 11 -Sept. 16
There are all kinds of wonderful beer events in this golden age of craft beer that is upon us. The Whistler Village Beer Festival (WVBF), however is a truly unique event. The festival continues to build upon the momentum of five successful events and the 6th annual version of the event marks the first time the festival will run for six days, instead of the previous five.
The event centres on two days of traditional festival tasting featuring over 70 craft breweries. The Sea to Sky corridor is jammed with great breweries that will be well represented, but beer lovers can try beers and ciders from as far away as Nova Scotia. Some of the great breweries from past years will again have a presence including local companies Faculty, Moody Ales, Yellow Dog and 33 Acres.
The public tasting events are held on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday Sept. 16 in the picturesque setting of Whistler’s Olympic Plaza, surrounded by the unending mountain views. The events will feature over 140 different beer and ciders available for sampling. Live music and food trucks ensure that the event offers something for everyone.
New this year is the Craft Cultures: Sea, Land, Sky event. Taking place on Wednesday, September 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Craft Cultures: Sea, Land, Sky promises a swanky evening complete with craft-beer infused food prepared by Red Seal Chef David Li.
Mouth-watering menu features will include an array of snacks like beer battered pickles, bison smoky bites with berry beer glaze, and a dessert called beeramisu, plus a variety of craft beer and cider offerings. The event will not only celebrate craft beer and local food, but the iconic venue hosting it as well.
“We’ll start off showcasing the land and sky elements in the Great Hall on the main level. Then the party will transition downstairs to the Istken Hall where we’ll celebrate the theme of sea.” says Katrina Frew, WVBF’s Director of Festivals and Events.
The intent will be for Craft Cultures to become an annual event, with the theme switching every year.
Additional events include a Friday night Master Crafters Fruit Fight, where attendees can vote for their favourite fruit-infused brew. This year there is a shuttle option to ensure safe and hassle free travel throughout the Sea to Sky corridor.
Full schedule and tickets information available here.